Five Must-See Waterfalls
In addition to sparkling sand beaches and lush tropical rainforests, the Caribbean islands are home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world! Whether you prefer admiring from afar (and taking lots of pictures, of course) or jumping in for a cool shower, these gorgeous natural wonders are breathtaking to witness.
Take a look at a few of our favorites below. From best-kept secrets to tourist hotspots, easy drives to challenging hikes — you'll find a waterfall that fits your itinerary.
Best for Adventure Seekers: Salto de Jimenoa, Dominican Republic
Salto de Jimenoa is about two hours from Santo Domingo, and half the beauty is in getting there. Travel on horseback or by jeep through the rainforest outside Jarabacoa. Cross a suspension bridge and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view.
Did you know? The opening scene of Jurassic Park was filmed here!
Tallest: Maracas Falls, Trinidad
At 91.5 meters (300 feet) high, Maracas Falls is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Trinidad & Tobago. Pack a picnic lunch and be sure to stop and enjoy the colorful flowers and exotic animals you meet on the trail.
Insider tip: Some religious groups consider the waterfall a sacred place, so you might see some candle stubs and colored flags along the trail.
Easiest to Find: La Coca Falls, Puerto Rico
Located just off Route 191, La Coca Falls is easy to access – no hiking required. Don’t be fooled by the quick trip, though. Clear water is perfect for swimming, and you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous tropical rainforest.
Did you know? La Coca is in the El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.
Most Famous: Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica
You might recognize this popular attraction from movies including Dr. No and Cocktail. Located minutes from Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls empties into the Caribbean sea. Flowing water creates a sequence of terraces, forming a geological phenomenon that’s fun to climb.
Did you know? Dunn's River Falls is near the site of the Battle of Las Chorreras, where England and Spain fought for owership of Jamaica in 1657.
Best for Exploring: Doña Juana, Puerto Rico
Tucked away in the center of the island, Doña Juana is a day trip if you’re staying in Ponce or San Juan. Journey through the beautiful Toro Negro rainforest, hire a guide and rappel into clean and captivating water.
Insider tip: Try the cuisine at one of nearby Orocovis's many local restaurants!
Feeling inspired yet? We listed our five favorites, but there are so many more to explore! Plan your Caribbean getaway and discover all the islands' majesty.